My friends will think that the *** rating I've given this film is a sign of my increasing madness but, dammit, that is how much I enjoyed this film. I'm certainly not rating it for artistic achievement and it is easy to pick holes in the plot that you could drive a chariot through. History, geography, continuity and believability play little part in this movie. When the Goths sack Rome the boy emperor escapes with the help of his bodyguard
Mr. Darcy and Sir Ben Kingsley, finds Julius Caesar's sword and crosses Europe without incident and goes to Hadrian's Wall to rally the last remnants of The Ninth Legion against an alliance of Goths and Vortigern...oh yes, I left out the female Indian Ninja. Of course it doesn't take long to work out that all this nonsense is a prequel to the Arthurian legends and Sir Ben is really our old friend Merlin. Some will say it is crap but I loved every minute, enjoyed every performance, found the fight scenes exciting and laughed at the jokes. It's nice to see an old fashioned adventure film with no pretensions beyond wanting to entertain. I unashamedly stick by my rating and I certainly had more fun watching it than I did KING ARTHUR.
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